Saturday, August 07, 2010

Good question…

…from Glenn Greenwald.
Does anyone doubt that once a society ceases to be able to afford schools, public transit, paved roads, libraries and street lights -- or once it chooses not to be able to afford those things in pursuit of imperial priorities and the maintenance of a vast Surveillance and National Security State -- that a very serious problem has arisen, that things have gone seriously awry, that imperial collapse, by definition, is an imminent inevitability?
Of course, I've never been all that fond of the empire thing, anyway. Don't think I'd miss it, but some of the potential replacements are pretty scary. Some, on the other hand, seem somewhat idyllic.

As always, vigilance and hard work seem to be in order.

Hat tip to Gordon.

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Anonymous Terry Parkhurst said...

The War Lovers by Evan Thomas is perhaps the most well written, and succinct, explanation of how the United States came to emulate the European nations, in the waning years of the 19th Century and early 20th, to its long term demise. Notable mentions go to Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge for making the jingoistic, imperialistic vision of nationhood the preferred one. They were aided in that goal, of course, by the yellow journalism of William Randolph Hearst Jr.


We are now suffering of the lingering after effects, to this day. Now that America is struggling to stay afloat economically, it is time for the citizens of the country to realize that we have a choice: to rebuild our nation, or rebuild others. We literally can't afford to do both.

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